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This week in Pac-12 football

Nov 23, 2015

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ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: All-Pac-12 honors will be released Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Conference office will release first and second teams honors, while Pac-12 Networks will unveil the various Player of the Year honors, including Coach of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Inside Pac-12 Football at 6 p.m. PT.

BOWL ELIGIBLE: For the third consecutive year, the Pac-12 has a record-tying nine bowl eligible teams in ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, UTAH and WASHINGTON STATE are bowl eligible. With one more win, the WASHINGTON Huskies can join the group. The Golden Bears are bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. The Cougars are bowl eligible for the first time since 2013 and just the second time since 2003.

DIVISION RACES: The North Division has been settled. With STANFORD’s win over California, the Cardinal clinched their third North Division title in the last four years ... In the South Division, it comes down to the winner of the UCLA-USC game. For the Bruins, it would mean their third FCG appearance, while the Trojans are looking for their first FCG appearance (the Trojans finished first in the South Division in 2011, but were ineligible for the postseason).

ROAD WARRIORS: In 49 Conference games played to date, the visiting team is 25-24. 

POLL WATCHING: The polls have been a revolving door for Pac-12 teams. After a one week absence, UCLA moves back into the AP poll this week, joining STANFORD, OREGON and WASHINGTON STATE. While UTAH fell out of the AP poll, ending a streak of 14 straight weeks in the regular season poll, the Utes remain in the Coaches poll at No. 25. For Washington State, the No. 20 ranking is its highest since the final AP poll of the 2003 season when it finished at No. 9 ... Five different Pac-12 teams this season have been ranked in the AP Top 10 ... Over the last two seasons, 10 different Pac-12 teams have been ranked among the AP Top 25, while six different Conference teams have been ranked among the Top 10.

ALL-PURPOSE: STANFORD sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey continues to lead the FBS with 255.18 all-purpose yards per game, by nearly 50 yards over the next player (Tyler Ervin, San Jose State, 206.73 ypg). His school-record 389 all-purpose yards posted against California is the top mark in the FBS this season ... McCaffrey has rushed for 100 or more yards in nine straight games. His 2,807 all-purpose yardage breakdown is as follows: 1,546 rushing, 416 receiving, 813 kick return, 32 punt return ... Since 1978, only four other Conference players have averaged 200 or more all-purpose yards per game for an entire season - USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981 (232.6 avg), Stanford’s Glyn Milburn in 1990 (202.0 avg), USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005 (222.3 avg) and USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012 (206.4 avg). Coincidentally, Milburn’s teammate in 1990 was Ed McCaffrey (father of Christian), who had 61 receptions for 917 yards and a Conference-leading 91.7 receiving yards per game that season ... In addition to McCaffrey, the Pac-12 boasts OREGON’s Royce Freeman (7th, 164.8 ypg) and UTAH’s Devontae Booker (8th, 157.9 ypg) among the FBS all-purpose leaders.

PAC-12 NETWORK TO TAB ALL-CENTURY TEAM: The Pac-12 Network will honor the Conference’s 100-year anniversary with the selection of an All-Century team. Each Tuesday on the Network’s Inside Pac-12 Football show, the finalists/top 10 vote getters for each position as selected by a panel comprised of media, former players, coaches and administrators will be unveiled. The actual All-Century Team will be announced on Tuesday, December 1. To date, here are the finalists as selected by the panel:

Running Back Wide Receiver Tight End Defensive End Quarterbacks
Marcus Allen - USC Brandin Cooks - OSU Mark Bruener - WASH Dave Ball - UCLA Troy Aikman - UCLA
Ricky Bell - USC DeSean Jackson - CAL Fred Davis - USC Tedy Bruschi - ARIZ Terry Baker - OSU
Reggie Bush - USC Keyshawn Johnson - USC Zach Ertz - STAN Andre Carter - CAL Gary Beban - UCLA
Anthony Davis - USC Marqise Lee - USC Russ Francis - ORE Shante Carver - ASU John Elway - STAN
Mike Garrett - USC James Lofton - STAN Tony Gonzalez - CAL Pat Donovan - STAN  Matt Leinart - USC
Hugh McElhenny - WASH  Ken Margerum - STAN Rob Gronkowski - ARIZ Jimmy Gunn - USC Andrew Luck - STAN
Chuck Muncie - CAL JJ Stokes - UCLA Todd Heap - ASU Jim Jeffcoat - ASU Marcus Mariota - ORE
Ernie Nevers - STAN Lynn Swann - USC A. Seferian-Jenkins - WASH Willie McGinest - USC Warren Moon - WASH
OJ Simpson - USC Troy Walters - STAN Marcedes Lewis - UCLA Marlin McKeever - USC Carson Palmer - USC
Charles White - USC Mike Williams - USC Charles Young - USC Terrell Suggs - ASU Jim Plunkett - STAN
Defensive Tackle  Offensive Line Cornerback Safety  
Sedrick Ellis - USC Tony Boselli - USC Eric Allen - ASU Mark Carrier - USC  
Steve Emtman - WASH Brad Budde - USC Joey Browner - USC Chuck Cecil - ARIZ  
Star Lotulelei - UTAH Randy Cross - UCLA Antoine Cason - ARIZ Kenny Easley - UCLA  
Gary Jeter - USC Mel Hein - WSU  Jimmie Johnson - UCLA David Fulcher - ASU  
Keith Millard - WSU Lincoln Kennedy - WASH Darryl Lewis - ARIZ Ronnie Lott - USC  
Haloti Ngata - ORE Bruce Matthews - USC Chris McAlister - ARIZ John Lynch - STAN  
Rob Waldrop - ARIZ Randall McDaniel - ASU Deltha O’Neal - CAL Tim McDonald - USC  
Ed White - CAL Anthony Munoz​ - USC  Mel Renfro - ORE Lawyer Milloy - WASH  
Paul Wiggin - STAN ​Jonathan Ogden - UCLA Mike Richardson - ASU Troy Polamalu - USC  
Leonard Williams - USC Ron Yary - USC  Marcus Trufant - WSU Dennis Thurman - USC  
Kicker Returner Punter Linebacker  
Jim Breech - CAL Jon Arnett - USC Brian Anger - CAL Chris Claiborne - USC  
Kai Forbath - UCLA Reggie Bush - USC Mike Black - ASU Jack Del Rio - USC  
Jason Hanson - WSU Curtis Conway - USC Nick Folk - ARIZ Ricky Hunley - ARIZ  
Jeff Jaeger - WASH Anthony Davis - USC Tom Hackett - UTAH Rey Maualuga - USC  
John Lee - UCLA DeSean Jackson - CAL Jason Hanson - WSU Donn Moomaw - UCLA  
Steve McLaughlin - ARIZ Maurice Jones-Drew - UCLA Nick Harris - CAL Ken Norton, Jr. - UCLA  
Chuck Nelson - WASH Glyn Milburn - STAN Jeff Locke - UCLA Jerry Robinson - UCLA  
Alexis Serna - OSU Ty Montgomery - STAN Ryan Longwell - Cal Junior Seau - USC  
Luis Zendejas - ASU Deltha O’Neal - CAL Tom Malone - USC Pat Tillman - ASU  
Max Zendejas - ARIZ DeAnthony Thomas - ORE Kirk Wilson - UCLA Richard Wood - USC  


This Week in Pac-12 Football

Fri., Nov. 27 Site Local Time/TV
--/-- WASHINGTON STATE (8-3) at --/-- WASHINGTON (5-6) Husky Stadium (70,083) 12:30 p.m. PT
Series: WASH leads, 69-32-6. Last: WASH, 31-13 (2014)   FOX/FOX Deportes
Washington has won five of the last six meetings, with WSU win coming in OT in 2012.    
--/-- OREGON STATE (2-9) at 18/18 OREGON (8-3) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 1 p.m. PT
Series: ORE leads, 62-46-10. Last: ORE, 47-19 (2014)   FS1
Oregon has won the last seven meetings.    
Sat., Nov. 28 Site Local Time/TV
--/-- COLORADO (4-8) at 26/25 UTAH (8-3) Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807) 11:30 a.m. MT
Series: COLO leads, 31-27-3. Last: UTAH, 38-34 (2014)   PAC12
Utah has won the last three meetings, and five of the last six.    
22/23 UCLA (8-3) at 32/32 USC (7-4) L.A. Memorial Coliseum (93,607) 12:30 p.m. PT
Series: USC leads, 46*-31-7. Last: UCLA, 38-20 (2014)   ABC/ESPN2
UCLA has won the last three games. Prior to the last three meetings, USC won 12 of 13.   (reverse mirror)
4/4 Notre Dame (10-1) at 13/12 STANFORD (9-2) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 4:30 p.m. PT
Series: Notre Dame leads, 19-10-0. Last: Notre Dame, 17-14 (2014) FOX/FOX Deportes  
Stanford has won four of the last six meetings, with two losses coming by 7 pts (2012) and 3 pts (2014).    
--/-- ARIZONA STATE (6-5) at --/-- CALIFORNIA (6-5) Memorial Stadium (63,000) 7 p.m. PT
Series: CAL leads, 17-15-0. Last: ASU, 27-17 (2012)   FS1
California has won eight of the last 10 meetings.    
Rankings listed (AP/Coaches poll); * - Two wins later vacated